The New User Interface "WINDOWS 8"
Windows 8 start screen
The newest edition of Windows presents a critical change in the way that Microsoft handles their Windows products. The company hasn’t made such drastic changes to the operating system since its inception of Windows 95.
The New User Interface
Al Hilwa, program director at IDC, comments on the new user interface, "It looks like the user interface is a winner, building on the differentiated and well-received Windows Phone 7 UI, except with bigger and richer tiles." "Feedback from everybody I've talked to is very good, and the only downside is folks would like to see Windows 8 this year instead of in 2012," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group remarked.
Microsoft hasn’t released much more information on the system; they’re pointing all questions toward the OS’s website. In an attempt to build speculation for the OS, Microsoft held a briefing at the D9 Conference. Microsoft made comments suggesting that Windows 8 is pointed towards moving from touch-only small screens to large screens.
Enderle makes another comment regarding the new user interface, "The big UI change is to make it work seamlessly between tablets and PCs, and it seems to anticipate that most PCs will be touch," "Clearly Microsoft is trying to get ahead of where Apple is going," he continued.
Internet Explorer 10 will come along with Windows 8. I’m certain that if you’re a Windows user that you’re quite familiar with the “Start” menu in the lower-left corner. Well the new Windows OS will be ditching that in favor of a customizable app screen.
Windows 8 and Applications
Some confusion arises because of the OS’s ability to work with both tablets and personal computers. This will undoubtedly leave some software developers confused as to whether they’ll have to write separate apps for use with both devices or if just one application will suffice.